Top dancing judges line up for Cowal - Cowal Highland Gathering
27th - 29th August 2020

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Top dancing judges line up for Cowal

The world’s best Highland Dancers are preparing to wow the audience at this year’s Cowal Highland Gathering – and watching their every move will be some of the world’s most respected judges.

The judging team for this year has just been announced, and once again it has an international feel with top adjudicators heading to Dunoon from Scotland, Canada, the USA and Australia.

The 12-strong team will oversee the most important events in the global Highland Dancing calendar – the Scottish National Highland Dancing Championships (on the Thursday), the Scottish Championship (Friday) and the final of the World Highland Dancing Championship (Saturday).

The judges for this year are:


• Doreen Bowie (Scotland)


• Jean Swanston (Scotland)


• Rachel McLagan (Scotland)


• Jennifer Wilson (Canada)


• Gillian MacDonald (Canada)


• Andrea Tronnes (USA)


• Christie Freestone (USA)


• Jacqueline Wilson (Australia)


• Victor W Wesley (Scotland)


• Susan Robertson (Scotland)


• Lena Anne MacDonald (Scotland)


• Theresa Kelly (Scotland)



Cowal Highland Gathering chair Ronnie Cairns said: “We are delighted to announce this prestigious adjudication panel, and have no doubt that the individuals on it have the necessary expertise and experience to judge the world’s greatest Highland Dancing festival.

“The dancers currently practising for Cowal Highland Gathering have a huge challenge ahead. Not only are they competing against the finest in the world, but they’re also dancing in front of some of the best judges in the world and, of course, the most discerning audience in the world as well!

“We’re very grateful to the various dancing organisations who have helped us in the adjudication panel selection process, and we look forward to another Highland Dancing extravaganza when the 2014 Gathering kicks off on August 28.”

The organisations which have provided judges are the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD), ScotDance Canada, the Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators (FUSTA), the Australian Board of Highland Dancing Inc (ABHDI), UKA Dance and the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance (SDTA).

This year’s Cowal Highland Gathering – which takes place in association with charity partner Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) – runs from Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 August.